Vice President embarks on three-day visit to France

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

Nevertheless, a senior French source said: "It's really important to have the British on board, not just because they have the most capable, rapidly deployable armed forces along with our own, but also because we share the same strategic culture and history of projecting force outside Europe".

The European Intervention Initiative (EI2) was launched Wednesday in Paris days after Macron called for a "real European army" to defend against the United States.

Landing in Paris, he picked a fight with France's President Macron.

Trump sent a tweet calling Macron's proposal "very insulting" as the USA president's plane landed Friday evening for celebrations with world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have departed Washington for a weekend in Paris, where world leaders are gathering to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I.

Trump's talks with Macron at Elysee Palace are likely to cover European concerns about Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the 1980s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement and USA renewal of sanctions against Iran.

Trump's official mission on the trip is to participate in ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

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Mr. Trump and Macron's early relationship was marked by kisses, frequent meetings and marathon power handshakes.

Macron told Europe 1 radio that the "main victim" of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF accord was Europe and its security.

The imminent departure from the European Union of Britain, long opposed to European Union military collaboration outside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, has revived talk of defence cooperation - as have concerns that Trump might prove less willing than his predecessors to come to Europe's defence in the face of a newly assertive Russian Federation. "And we look forward to that", Mr Trump told reporters before leaving the White House. "I think the enduring lesson (of World War I) for the United States is that when you become a global power. you have global interests to protect", Bolton said.

Later in the interview he spoke about the need for a European army.

The statement reads in part, "The Nigerian President will join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action". Early on, Macron tried to position himself as a sort of "Trump whisperer" and Mr. Trump returned the favor, hosting Macron at the first and only state dinner of his presidency.

The White House and the Kremlin had previously considered a formal meeting in Paris.

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